For years I took driving for granted. I never connected the dots that driving actually costs me hard earned money. I just thought of it as part of life for living in southern California. Perhaps we should change that phrase to death, taxes, and driving expenses! Obviously we can’t walk anywhere since many places of interest are wide spread throughout the region. A car became a necessary evil and I never thought twice about it like breathing.
After visiting Taiwan and Korea, a whole new world appeared. I discovered a very efficient way of getting around the country. I had always wanted to give it a try in SoCal, but was lazy, made excuses, or never followed through. This time, I was moved to give my area’s public transportation a try.
Home in the USA
I was pleasantly surprised. It doesn’t compare to the ones found in Asia, but it did the job for a fair price. Using the www.metro.net website, it even estimates how much you saved compared to driving. Not only do you save money, you save time as you can actually be productive while you ride. It’s safer too as you don’t have to worry about emailing, texting, and making phone calls while driving your car through the concrete jungle.
Time is money as well, so you are getting double the savings. With that time, you can catch up on work or even spend time on your blog!
Off to the Buses
After moving apartments, I was troubled to find no metros in the area. Determined to get to know my neighborhood quicker and continue with my goal of using public transport, I didn’t give up and found two buses for my commute. The same metro website allows you to find your bus route options and gives you that lovely bonus of how much money you saved. Last but not least, it lessens the already congested freeways and helps our ailing planet. Triple bonus score!
What do you do to save money? Does it also save you time and the planet as well?
This post comes from Buck Inspire who tries to live a fulfilled life within his means, delves into personal finance, and adds a splash of dining, entertainment, pop culture, and travel.